HP unveils Split x2 Windows 8 tablet/ laptop hybrid with 13.3-inch display

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HP Split x2 Windows 8 tablet

HP has unveiled Split x2 Windows 8 tablet/ laptop hybrid, similar to the HP Envy x2 introduced last year. The Split x2 is an upgrade on the Envy x2 in many ways. Instead of the Atom processor, the x2 comes with an option of 3rd Generation Intel Core i3 or i5 processors. The 11.6-inch has become a 13.3-inch screen, though the resolution remains the same at 1366x768. HP Split x2 comes with up to 128GB SSD storage.

Also included are Beats Audio with dual-speakers, 8-megapixel rear shooter and a front camera with full-HD video recording capabilities, just like Envy x2. Disappointingly, the RAM stays the same at 2GB, though users have the option to upgrade. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but no NFC, which is present in the Envy x2. Like the Envy x2, the Split x2 comes with a keyboard dock that includes a MicroSD reader, Combo audio jack, 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI port and SD card slot. Interestingly, the dock also includes 500GB of hard disk storage, which makes it perfect for storing your media.

"Customers want to access and share content anywhere, anytime, on any internet connected device--and they expect those connections to be seamless," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs, HP. "The HP SlateBook x2 and the HP Split x2 are next-generation devices and the latest examples of our continued commitment to evolving the computing experience by providing the flexibility necessary for customers to be productive at home, at the office or on the go."

The HP Split x2 will join the HP Envy x2 and the Android-based SlateBook x2 - announced alongside the HP Split x2 - as part of HP's detachable PC portfolio. Split x2 is expected to be available in the United States in August with a base price of $799.99. No word yet on other countries price and availability.

HP Split x2 specifications

*. 13.1-inch 1366x768 display

*. Intel Core i3 or i5 processors

*. Up to 128GB SSD storage, Plus 500GB storage in keyboard dock

*. 2GB RAM

*. 8-megapixel rear camera

*. 1080p front-facing camera

*. MicroSD reader, Combo audio jack, 1xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, SD Card
slot, HDMI (in keyboard dock)

*. 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth

*. Beats Audio with dual-speakers

*. 9.05x13.38x0.92 inches

*. 1.90kg
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